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Where the Sidewalk Ends, And Nature Begins
Three Triangle Parks Worth Visiting

What the #&*% is that? Did we learn that this leaf is edible? Ohmigod it's alive. Get it off me!

You've always wanted to love the great outdoors. They just scare and confuse the bejesus out of you. Have no fear! Head out to some great parks in the Triangle and earn that nature badge.
Fred G. Bond Metro Park, at 310 acres, is one of the largest municipal parks in Wake County.  Like an oasis in the midst of the city, the park design preserves the environment and offers  opportunities for many types of recreation.  

All facilities are integrated into the natural setting. Visitors may enjoy picnics, play ball on the athletic fields, see a performance in the amphitheater, walk along the trails, or play on the Lazy Daze Playground. The Bond Park Community Center and the Cary Senior Center are within the park boundaries as well.

Oh Happy Day! Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 2pm to 5pm. During that time, boat rentals, snow-cones and popcorn are half-price.

Park Features - Bond Lake, Bond Park Boathouse, Challenge Ropes Course, Sertoma Amphitheatre, Kiwanis Picnic Shelter, Lazy Daze Playground, Buehler Picnic Shelter, Athletic fields, Multi-use fields, 4.2 miles of trails, and a Compost Education Center Screened Porch. What more could one ask?

Bond Park General info: 801 High House Rd. Cary (between Cary Pky & NW Maynard Rd.), Ph: (919) 469-4100, Summer Park Hours from June - August; Sun. - Fri. 9am - 9pm, Sat. & Holidays 7am - 9pm. Summer Boathouse Hours:  June - August; 10am-7pm Website.

William B. Umstead State Park is tucked between the growing cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham and the corporate world of RTP is an oasis of tranquility. The park is divided into two sections, Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek making up a total of 5,579 acers.

Camping in Tents - The campground is open March through December. Twenty-eight campsites, well-shaded by a hardwood forest, offer picnic tables and grills. Hookups are not available, but drinking water and restrooms with showers are centrally located.

Primitive group camping - Two primitive campgrounds are open year round for organizations and nonprofit groups that want a more rugged camping experience. Reservations are required for use of these campgrounds. Maple Hill Lodge is also available for groups. The lodge is a historic landmark built in the 1930s. 

Boating - Rent a canoe or rowboat at the boathouse on Big Lake.The boathouse is open on weekends beginning the first weekend in April through the second weekend in October.

Hiking - Twenty miles of hiking trails provide access to most of William B. Umstead State Park. Visitors may choose between a short stroll along a nature trail or a more extensive hike into the woods. Either choice will be rewarding as the beauty and diversity of the park's natural resources are best seen from any one of its many trails. 

Picnicking - Take a picnic in the park; tables, grills and scenery are provided free of charge. A pine/hardwood forest forms a canopy for 40 picnic tables in the Crabtree Creek section. Reedy Creek offers 25 tables scattered under the trees. Drinking water, restrooms and parking are conveniently located nearby.

Cycling & Bridle TrailsUmstead State Park is one of the few state parks offering trails for bicycling. The mountain bike trails follow the same as the bridle trails and are entered at the same points. Bike trailhead parking is also available down Sycamore Road past Maple Hill Lodge.

William B. Umstead Park info8801 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh, 27617, Ph 919-571-4170.
Hours: Crabtree entrance 7am-9pm, Reedy Creek entrance 7:30am-9:pm. Website

Pullen Park offers recreational opportunities for everyone. It includes a 1911 Gustave A. Dentzel Menagerie Carousel. The Carousel is Pullen Park's best known attraction with more than 50 hand carved and hand painted animals. It was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The cost to ride it is $1.

Other park highlights are kids playgrounds, a miniature Train Ride (1950's era small train for kids and parents), a kiddie boat ride, tennis courts, a lake with pedal boats, picnic shelters, paved walking trails and the Aquatic Center Indoor Olympic sized pool.

Pullen Park info - 520 Ashe Ave, Raleigh 27606, Ph: 919-831-6468, Website

There's much botanical richness in these Triangle parks, if you just take the time to notice and learn.

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History Worth Repeating - Kids Camps at NC Museum of History


You took them to the fireworks, made homemade patriotic ice-cream and cooked hotdogs and burgers for the whole neighborhood gang. Now what? Your kids are underfoot and becoming more restless.  


Don't stress. The North Carolina Museum of History offers half-day summer camp programs for youths of varying ages and it's not too late to sign up. You can still enroll them into some great programs. And they'll think its fun. You'll be giving yourself a break while at the same time your kids get a history lesson on something they'll think is really cool to know! 


Pirates, Ships, and Lighthouses - Set sail for adventure! Learn about fierce pirates like Blackbeard and Anne Bonney, build a lighthouse, wear pirate's clothing, taste sea rations, and listen to sea faring tales. Dates: August 17-21 from 9am till noon. For kids who have completed grades K - 2.


Moccasins to Rocket Ships - Explore how transportation has changed in North Carolina over the years, from foot and animal to boat, train, and motorcar to spaceship! Dates: August 17-21 from 1pm - 4pm. For kids who have completed grades K-2


On the Home Front - What was it like to live during World War II? Listen to wartime and swing music; taste Victory cooking; find out what soldiers wore, ate, and carried; write a V-mail letter; and shop with ration cards and red points. Dates: July 13-17 from 9am till noon. For kids who have completed grades 3-5


Colonial North Carolina - Get a taste of life on the eve of the American Revolution by hearing stories, playing period games, learning a trade, and looking at clothing. Dates: July 13-17 from 1pm till 4pm. For kids who have completed grades 3-5.


North Carolina Museum of History - Sign up for Summer Camps. Click Here for PDF form.

5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, 27601. Ph: 919-807-7900. Website


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The Buddy Holly Story - Tuesday, July 21 through Sunday, July 26, playing at Memorial Auditorium in downtown Raleigh. Before the Beatles or the Stones ever played a note, rock and roll was forever changed by the bespectacled kid from Texas. Buddy tells the true story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career and features the classic songs 'That'll be the Day', 'Peggy Sue' , ' The Big Bopper's', 'Chantilly Lace', 'Ritchie Valens', 'La Bamba' plus many more! Watch his story explode onto the stage in a toe-tapping, hand-clapping, extravaganza that will have you 'up and dancing in the aisles'. Cost: $25

Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts - 2 E South St. Raleigh 27601. Click Here for tickets. 


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If the lights are on and furniture's on the sidewalk, then they are Open. Stop by and see the store filled with antique furniture, accessories, mid-century items, modern art, newly lacquered pieces as well as their Christmas Corner with some favorite holiday items. Website


311 Gallery will host the largest and best collection of plein air paintings by Dan Nelson ever assembled. Dan is North Carolina's preeminent plein air and live event painter. These paintings of Raleigh and Wake County bring you home with the warmth and vitality of their desi gn. The show runs July 1-24. Normal gallery hours are 11:30-4:00 Wed-Sat. Dan will be with at 311 Gallery for the First Friday Opening Reception on July 3 from 6-9 pm.
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